Families should hire a consultant who is experienced, knowledgeable and committed.

We excel at keeping up-to-date on the ever-changing field of college admissions. Just 2% of college counselors are board certified (earned a CEP) and surprisingly, only 20% of counselors are affiliated with one of the three main accredited organizations: IECA, HECA, or NACAC.

We are also an active member of the Character Collaborative, an organization of educators aiming to elevate non-academic factors and character-related attributes in the admissions process.

American Institute of Certified Educational Planners (AICEP)

AICEP credentials full-time, experienced educational consultants and school-based college counselors. Our goal is to recognize those professionals who have achieved the highest level of competence and to raise the standards of the educational counseling profession.

AICEP offers qualified educational planning professionals the opportunity to earn the designation of Certified Educational Planner (CEP)™. To be awarded this credential, the individual must meet substantial educational and experiential requirements and then pass a rigorous board-certifying assessment. To retain the credential, CEPs must continue to conduct evaluative campus visits and participate in specified professional development activities to meet recertification requirements every five years…

The CEP designation gives families the assurance they need that they are working with a qualified professional who is committed to maintaining the highest quality of service to clients.

Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA)

The IECA is a not-for-profit, international professional association representing experienced independent educational consultants. Chartered in 1976, the Association’s headquarters is located in the Washington, DC area. IECA sponsors professional training institutes, workshops, conferences, and webinars, publishes a directory of qualified independent educational consultants, offers information to students and their families regarding school selection issues, and works to ensure that those in the profession adhere to the highest ethical and business standards.

Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA)

HECA is a professional organization focused exclusively on the practice of independent college admissions consulting. Since 1997, HECA has been dedicated to advancing professional standards for the higher educational consulting field while supporting our members as they expertly guide students through the transition from high school to college.

National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC)

NACAC has guided the evolution of college admission counseling into a recognized profession since its founding 80 years ago. Beginning in 1937 as a small gathering of representatives of Midwestern colleges and universities, NACAC membership today represents the diverse range of professionals in secondary and postsecondary institutions who work with students transitioning to and between colleges, as well as other professionals who support NACAC’s mission and purpose.

More than 15,000 individuals, institutions, and organizations are now NACAC members. In addition, 23 affiliate organizations—state, regional, and international—serve admission counseling professionals throughout the United States and the world. Over our history, the association has defined and promoted the highest ethical practices and professional standards, and, today, is the premiere organization for professional admission counseling training and networking…

Character Collaborative

The goal of the Character Collaborative is to change admissions practice at the higher and secondary education levels to reflect the significance of character strengths in attaining success in school, college, and work. We join educators with a common interest in elevating non-academic factors and character-related attributes in the admission process.

Shaped by discussions among educational leaders across the nation, the Character Collaborative is national in scope and includes 74 member organizations and 200 active participants. The Collaborative includes important constituencies committed to our common goal, including college and independent school admission directors, school placement directors, representatives of leading educational associations, educational reformers, standardized testing experts, independent educational counselors, researchers, etc.

New Jersey Association for College Admission Counseling (NJACAC)

NJACAC is the state’s affiliate of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC). NACAC is the only professional association whose members come from secondary schools, community-based organizations, colleges and universities.

NJACAC is made up of 1,200+ professionals dedicated to the goal of helping students transition from high school to college. Members are recognized for their dedication to the future of our profession and for sharing ideas and knowledge with others. As a member, you will receive support from our large network and have the opportunity to develop as a professional through conferences and workshops.

Pennsylvania Association for College Admission Counseling (NJACAC)

PACAC is a nonprofit association comprised of more than 1200 school counselors, college admission counselors, independent education consultants and other professionals responsible for guiding students through the important transition from high school to postsecondary options. As one of 23 affiliates of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), we strive to:

  • Advance professional development, best practices and collaboration in admission counseling
  • Facilitate effective communication among students, families, education professionals, and institutional representatives
  • Promote equal access to postsecondary education
  • Maintain high standards that foster ethical and social responsibility…

In the midst of so much complexity, we distill what’s most important for your college-bound student.

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